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With loose, fluid brushstrokes, the artist depicts the boats, cottages, and shore of this harbor, while still emphasizing the flat surface of the canvas
Hawthorne studied under William Merritt Chase and helped run Chase’s Long Island school before founding the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The town attracted many artists, and Hawthorne became known as the “father” of the art colony.
Paintings of Provincetown fishermen executed in a more somber palette so dominate the artist’s work that this lively, vibrant painting of Hyannisport, a town 50 miles away, represents an intriguing contrast.